Now residing in Berkeley, California, Olivia was born in Taiwan and moved to Toronto, Canada at the age of fourteen. She received her first BFA in Architecture from Ryerson University and her 2nd BFA in Fine Art Painting and Drawing in 2012 at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. She has been in group shows with Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, STUDIO Gallery in San Francisco and Garden Gallery in Half Moon Bay. She also received a "Specialty Award" from the Academy of Art University and will be featured in North Light Book's competition Strokes of Genius 5 : Best of Drawing / Composition, 2013.
John Chun Chiu Lee started working at Pixar Animation Studios in 2006 as an animator on “Ratatouille.” Since then he has animated on many award-winning feature films including “WALL-E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” “Brave,” “Monster’s University,” “The Good Dinosaur,” “Inside Out,” “Finding Dory,” and most recently “Coco.” He is a two time Annie Award nominee for “Monsters University” and “CoCo” and received the Annie Award for Outstanding Animation in a Feature Film for his work on “CoCo”.
Prior to joining Pixar, Lee attended Sheridan College for 2D and 3D animation and worked on several film, television and commercial projects in Toronto Canada.
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Georege graduated from Academy of Art University San Francisco in 2009. He is now a freelance illustrator and instructor at Ringling College in Sarasota Florida.
Joevic Yeban was born in 1987 in San Jose, California. He demonstrated an interest in drawing at a young age, influenced by his father’s drawings and sketches. Throughout his teens, Yeban took many art classes offered at his high school and eventually decided to make art his career by enrolling in art school. In 2012, Yeban received his BFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, with a degree in fine arts.
Yeban paints primarily with oil, focusing on bay area cities as his subject matter. His paintings have been part of many group shows in the bay area and his work has been sought out by collectors throughout the country. In 2012, he was featured in Southwest Art Magazine’s, “emerging artist” issue. Yeban currently paints full time in his studio in Oakland, CA and teaches part time at The Academy of Art University.
Terry studied Computer Animation at the Academy of Art San Francisco. While in his last year of school, in 2008, he landed an internship with Pixar Animation Studio and has been there ever since. He worked on many Academy Award winning films such as "Up", "Toy Story 3", "Brave" and "Inside Out". He is also currently teaching at the Academy of Art San Francisco.
Cuong Nguyen's ability to highlight the beauty in the world around him is something that informs his art as well as his perspective. One might say that he represents the opposite of the tortured artist cliché: despite the fact that his formative years in Vietnam were characterized by significant hardship, his sometimes romantic and sometimes mysterious portraits and still life paintings reflect his positive outlook and determination to persevere.
Growing up in poverty after the fall of Saigon, Cuong's greatest pleasure was finding time to draw. At a young age, he earned extra money for his family by doing street portraits, and he was accepted to Saigon's Academy of Art while in high school. Even as a child, Cuong was fascinated by the human face, and his single-minded practice of drawing eyes and other features rewards us today with portraits that have a spark of life to them.
His study at the Academy of Art in Saigon was interrupted when he had the opportunity to emigrate to the U.S. in 1991, and the challenge of establishing himself within a new country and culture temporarily distracted him from his love of fine art. He earned a degree in illustration from San Jose State University and established a successful career as an icon designer with a prominent Silicon Valley Web company.
Ultimately, though, his passion for fine art resurfaced. It began first as a new hobby—participating as an artist at public street painting festivals, creating ephemeral artworks as large as 16' x 24'. Cuong soon established a reputation for painting amazingly lifelike portaits on asphalt, and he was invited to participate in festivals around the world. More importantly, though, this activity brought him back to painting, and he was soon back in his studio endlessly refining his technique with more traditional media.
Cuong is a member of the Oil Painters of America and the International Guild of Realism, as well as having been awarded the distinction of Distinguished Pastellist with the Pastel Society of the West Coast. His work has appeared at the Triton Museum in Santa Clara, California, and the Haggin Museum in Stockton, California, as well as in both national and international competitions exhibiting from coast to coast.
Today, Cuong works in both oil paints and pastels, though casual viewers may at first have trouble distinguishing the two media in Cuong's hands. Though he almost never blends his strokes, Cuong achieves a level of detail and smoothness of gradations that is unusual in pastel paintings. In oils, he aims for a realism that never crosses the line to photographic, so that the viewer always has a sense for how the image was formed from its raw materials . Regardless of media, however, Cuong Nguyen's paintings always reveal a fundamentally optimistic view of the world and a sense of wonder towards the beauty that surrounds us.
Born in South Korea in 1985, Sung Eun Kim has been studying and creating art since he was very young. After he graduated from Daejeon Art High School in South Korea, he came to United State to pursue his study of painting, and finished his BFA at the California College of the Arts in 2010. After graduation, he worked as a freelance illustrator of children’s books for two years. Then, because of his enthusiasm and passion for painting, he began his MFA program at the Academy of Art University in 2012 and has continued developing his artistic style.
Currently an animator at Pixar Animation Studios, San Francisco, California. 2010 Calarts grad, BFA in traditional animation. Originally from Sofia, Bulgaria. Bulgarian Armenian metalhead mom.
Hadas Tal is a fine art painter born in Israel in 1975, raised in Fair Lawn, NJ
Studied Painting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Studied drawing and painting at Rutgers University, New York Academy of Art, and the Art Students League of New York
Exhibited her work at the Annual Spring Show at the Academy of Art in 2011 and 2012. Named Top Ten Artists to Watch in 2012 by California Home & Design Magazine, April Issue. Chosen to participate in the Young Generation Matter Showcase at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, April 2012.
Nominated for the 2012 SECA Art Award by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Hadas Tal has recently been featured in the SF Chronicle debuting her first Solo Show at Paul Thiebaud Gallery - San Francisco, CA.
I paint and I teach.
I paint people, I paint landscapes and I paint anything that inspires me to mix colours and brush them on canvasses. Galleries, private collectors and commisioned clients are those to whom my paintings went.
I teach drawing, I teach painting and I teach anything that my students like to share with me. Many years I have taught, and still I am teaching--full time--Academy of Art University --San Francisco. I've seen energetic students, I've seen sleepy students, life is delicious--as long as one's happy.
About me? My shoulder hurts, my throat's sore--because
I paint and I teach.
Felicia Forte is a representational oil painter based in Detroit, Michigan. She has exhibited and worked full time as an artist since 2010, and has been featured in many publications and podcasts. Felicia is also a sought after instructor of painting having taught at various institutions including The de Young Museum of Fine Art, The Walt Disney Family Museum. She travels internationally to teach workshops. In December, 2013 she was awarded a residency at The de Young Museum of Fine Art in San Francisco. In 2014 she participated as faculty at the Plein Air Convention and Expo in Monterey, California. In 2015 and 2016 Felicia's Self Portrait exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London for The BP Portrait Award. In 2017 she has been resident and grant recipient at the "Redbull House of Art" project in Detroit. Felicia maintains a studio in Detroit, where she works and offers instruction to private students both in person and online.
Allison has been working as an animator for over 13 years. She has a background in Fine Art, and started her animation career in Toronto, Canada, working on TV shows and commercials. Allison worked in London for 2 years at MPC and Framestore, where she animated on several feature films, such as “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”, and “Where the Wild Things Are”. She joined Pixar in 2009, and has animated on “Toy Story 3”, “Brave”, “Monsters University”, “Inside Out”, “Finding Dory”, “Coco” and “Incredibles 2”. She is a two time Annie Award nominee and received the Annie Award for Outstanding Animation in a Feature Film for her work on “Inside Out”.
California Credentialed Teacher, 15 Years experience, AP Certified, Yale University National Teacher Fellow 2010, Fulbright-Hays Scholar 2014
Growing up on Long Island sparked a lot of imagination for me as a kid. Halloween was especially interesting because there was a ragamuffin parade in my town. In the summertime, I spent my days sailing and swimming in the bay. At night, I read Sendak, Silverstein, and yes, all the BabySitters’ Club. Judy Blume was also a favorite. At thirteen, I took a cartooning class with Disney Animator Al Baruch (Alligator in Peter Pan, Mighty Mouse, Fantasia). Baruch’s love for comics and enthusiasm as a teacher has been a big inspiration to me over the years. While getting my BFA in painting from Syracuse University, I got to hear Kurt Vonnegut speak; I was also an intern at Open Hand Puppet Theater where I designed and created two giant puppets for a street festival and the Upstate Ballet Company. Shortly after graduating Syracuse, I got a job making displays for Bloomingdales and ColeHann Shoes in Rockefeller Center. Also at this time, I was a freelance set painter and worked for the Manhattan Theater Company, The Hamptons Shakespeare Festival, and Goodspeed Opera House in CT. When I arrived in SF in 2002, I decided to stay. The Museum of Modern Art in SF hired me to work in the bookstore. The manager stationed me in the children’s book section of the store during Christmas time. I loved talking to the kids about books so much that I decided to become a teacher and write for kids. Student teaching at SF School of the Arts was wonderful. I remember loving the TV show FAME and this school was just like that. The students were passionate and focused. In 2006, I got a job teaching public school full time and it is one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs I have ever had. I love using my imagination to teach and traveling. In 2008, I was granted a fellowship through San Mateo County to study in China for two weeks and create a unit on Chinese Mythology and Puppets. In July 2010, I was awarded The Yale University National Teacher’s Fellowship to study poetry with Paul Fry. Currently, I am writing and illustrating several books. The Whisperers and The Shouters is a picture book that tells the story of two families/ neighbors that have a different way of living in the world. I am also writing a chapter book adventure-story of a girl hero, and a second children’s book is a picture book called Goblins Go Fishing. I am inspired most by the people I love, the lands I have lived, and the worlds I’ve come to experience in my daydreams.
Daniel Segrove is a recent graduate in multidisciplinary mixed media with a BFA from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Daniel currently lives and works in California, and has shown his work in the United States and internationally. Daniel’s explorations of traditional subjects such as portraits and the human form are unconventional. Daniel explores the use of paper in an active role, as a concept and a way of self- expression, rather than as simply a passive surface on which to draw. Experimentation and intuition create dynamic figurative works of art, juxtaposing traditional figurative realism with abstraction and minimalism, in visual and psychological contrast. Segrove's work incorporates mixed media including charcoal, graphite, oil paint, acrylic, pastel and collage, and mixed visual disciplines.
Born and raised in Taiwan, Yunghan came to U.S. and studied animation/illustration in 2005. After graduating from San Jose State University, Yunghan joined Pixar as a story intern, eventually became a full-time story artist.
His first project was “Inside Out”, which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2015. He also worked on “Cars 3” and “Coco” and is currently working on “Toy Story 4”.
Oliver Sin graduated from Academy of Art University in Illustration dept in 1996 and he has been teaching at Academy of Art University since year 2001. Sin was born in Hong Kong and has been living in San Francisco since 1990, he began working as a computer games concept artist upon graduating and has more than four years of experience at world-renowned computer games companies, such as Lucas Arts and 3DO. Sin has valuable knowledge and experience in many aspects as 2D animator, concept designer, background and layout artist and he has an excellent breadth of drawing and traditional animation skills and conception art skills. Sin is deeply inspired by fine artists Nicolai Fechin, John Sargent and Jose Roko, among others. Sin employs the influences of renowned artists and mentors Zhao Ming Wu and Henry Yan. The results are works of precise composition and evocative color harmonies in figurative portraits.
Jacob Hankinson began his career as a self-taught artist before studying fine art at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. His work is traditional, focusing on the human form, landscape, and still life. He currently teaches at Sadie Valeri Atelier in San Francisco.
Emma Hirst (b. 1988) is a representational oil painter based out of Oakland, Calif., where she was born and raised. Emma has always had a passion for drawing and painting, and has been drawn towards realism for as long as she can remember. Having a mother who is a full-time artist, Emma was fortunate enough to have an endless source of art supplies and personal support for her artistic endeavors. In 2006 she was introduced to the work of Anthony Waichulis through John Pence Gallery, and began a journey studying under him, on and off, as just an eager teenager. She eventually completed the rigorous “Language of Drawing” and “Language of Painting” programs in 2015, working for Waichulis as a full-time apprentice.
Emma continues to work realistically and is often inspired by natural objects and natural light. She enjoys putting together still-life compositions that are unique and complex, often using elements of geometry found in natural forms. Some of her still-life work uses negative space as a primary element of the composition, while in others she eliminates negative space altogether in order to focus solely on the details of the subject. Emma’s work has begun to branch out into landscape and portrait pieces, but these remain detailed and are strongly focused on composition and the natural world.
Second only to her passion for drawing and painting, Emma has an avid love for teaching and speaking about art and art education. She feels both a desire and a responsibility to share her knowledge of technical skill- building and two dimensional representation. She began her teaching endeavors in 2016, as a substitute teacher for 5 weeks at Ani Art Academy Anguilla, and has gone on to develop workshops and teach students through online mentorship.
Emma has been featured in several successful exhibitions and noted publications. She continues to exhibit with Studio Gallery in San Francisco, CA, and Rehs Contemporary Galleries Inc. in New York, NY.